Since 1960, global meat production has more than trebled…
Annual growth in world meat production, by source, 1990-2001*
- this is attributed partly to the rise in population, as well as to the increase in affluence in many countries.
- the large increase in demand for animal source foods (ASF) over the last few decades has been largely met by the worldwide growth in intensive livestock production, particularly poultry. This is expected to continue as real income grows in the emerging economies.
| || (million tons) || (million tons) || (%)|
Meat demands huge amounts of water to be produced:
|1 kg||litres of water|
On the same piece of land that is needed to produce 1 kg of meat (on average), one could harvest in the same period of time:
|160 ||potatoes |
Did you know?
- A dairy cow may eat 4700 kg of forage and 1600 kg of concentrated feed a year;
- according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than half the global production of antibiotics is used on farm animals.
* Based on FAO, 1948-1985 World Crop and Livestock Statistics (Rome: 1987); FAO, FAOSTATS Statistics Database, updated 28 May 2002.